There is currently more coverage of the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl than there is of the Cincinnati Reds baseballing their way through the business of baseball. Note, if you will, that the Broncos did not win the Super Bowl. Unirregardlessly, we'll trudge forward into what little Reds-related news we can find, grammar be damned.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus released his own list of the Top 10 prospects in the Reds system. It appears that Parks subscribes to the poojols School of Ceilings while ranking his prospects instead of using some confounded, co-mingled, Slyde-calculator-driven formula that combines minor league success, upside projection, ceiling, floor, walls, doors, and backsplashes; ergo, that's why you'll find Yorman Rodriguez ranked ahead of Jesse Winker, Jon Moscot ranked higher than anywhere else we've seen, and 19 year old Jose Ortiz included in the Top 10. If you're a B-Pro subscriber, you get the lucky goods behind the paywall that give a more fertile explanation, but if you're just plebe-ing your way around, you're stuck wondering about the method to the madness. As a side note, if you do happen to be a B-Pro subscriber, you should also check out Ben Lindbergh's piece looking at which switch hitters should stop switch hitting.
John Fay is a trooper when it comes to being both active and accessible on Twitter. Fay's a veteran of the notorious Enquirer Comment Sections of old, so the guy's no stranger to built up resolve and being a public sounding board to all. However, Twitter's a different bird (which is both a terrible pun and true), because it's an avenue for being yelled at by mis-aimed thumbs who use emojis in place of words and must condense their anger into 140 characters or less. It's a hassle, but Fay's become quite well-versed in it, and he opted to answer a few of the questions he'd received in print form in order to have a bit more space to explain himself. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it's always nice to know that the guy with direct contact to the team is willing to go the extra internet-mile to answer questions posed by those not in-the-know.
Speaking of things not groundbreaking, Terence Moore took a glance at Cincinnati's projected starting CF, Billy Hamilton, for MLB.com. While it's pretty apparent that Moore aimed that article towards people not already familiar with Hamilton, it's always good to know what mainstream media is feeding to the masses.
A few teams are facing early pre-season exhibition games in exotic places much warmer than where you are, and they're therefore having their pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training this week. That's right, amigos...baseball begins again this week. While that's enough to get anyone's sugars up, it doesn't necessarily mean that every team is settled comfortably into the 2014 version of themselves; in fact, MLB Trade Rumors still shows that 10 of the Top 50 Free Agents entering the offseason are still without a contract, with 7 of those sporting uber-agent Scott Boras as their agent. Late signings don't exactly have a huge history of turning immediately fruitful (read: there's a reason why nobody has jumped at them beforehand), and over at Sports Illustrated, Jay Jaffe and his mustache took a look at which recent late signings have rewarded the teams who signed them.
Finally, Eno Sarris took a glimpse into the lives of baseball beat writers for The Hardball Times, and it's pretty fantastic. The Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans was one of several active beat writers to give quotes for this piece, and it's a pretty telling look into what the liaisons between the players and fans go through to make sure people have access to the teams' components. There's no doubt that it's a delicate balancing act, and it's refreshing to hear that even the best of the bunch have a hard time with it.